Natural & Environmental Sciences
Physicists are concerned with understanding the way nature operates: the basic components of the universe and how they interact. The field of physics includes the study of motion, force and energy and uses these concepts to explain phenomena ranging from the simple motion of a hockey puck to the complexities of quantum mechanics. A minor in physics instills both a fundamental understanding of the world around us as well as problem-solving skills that will enhance a major in any discipline.
The Physics minor consists of 21 credits, many of which are earned in labs and upper-division courses where students work closely with their peers and professors. Students entering the program should have a strong foundation in math and be prepared to take calculus at the minimum. The program begins with introductory courses that span the breadth of the field and progress toward upper-division courses in astrophysics, mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Those who wish for a deeper dive into the field can participate in independent and faculty-guided research.
The reasoning and problem solving skills acquired through the Physics minor prepare students to succeed in any career. For students pursuing graduate school in science, math or engineering, the Physics minor makes them not only a competitive applicant, but also gives them a strong foundation on which to base their studies. The rigorous nature of studying physics indicates to future employers that the student possesses both a strong work ethic and can quickly adapt to a challenging work environment. A Physics minor is ideal for students looking to pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including:
- Computer Science